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University of Edinburgh students win the runner-up prize at the international Biodesign Challenge at the Museum of Modern Art  (MoMA) in New York
 
University of Edinburgh students Eva Auer, Sean Greaves and Joe Revans have won the runner-up prize in the International Biodesign Challenge (BDC) at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
 
The winning project, UK2029, discusses potential social and political responses to broadening access to DIY Biology. “Told through three speculative case studies, our project explores how communities present within the UK today could navigate the increased accessibility of synthetic biology, and reflects the way emerging technologies are often used as tools to empower, disrupt or protect” explain the students.
 
The Biodesign Challenge is a university competition that envisions new ways to integrate living systems and biotechnology in design. The team was chosen as representatives to compete with 22 design schools and universities from seven countries around the world.
 
The project was developed in an interdisciplinary initiative within Design Informatics, led by Dr. Larissa Pschetz, from the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), and Dr. Naomi Nakayama, from the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), with support of Eric Thorand, Anais Moisy, Bettina Nissen, and ASCUS lab. 24 students from biology, biomedical sciences, product design, and design informatics, have developed 7 projects as part of this initiative. “We hope that this success story will encourage more students to join our newly approved course next year” says Larissa.
 
UK2029 was presented on the 23rd June to an audience of 200 curators, artists, designers, scientists, and more on. The project was on display at a gallery show at School of Visual Arts in New York City until June 25th.
 
The students describe their experience as “It was fascinating seeing controversial bodies such as Intrexon and the FBI in the same room as speculative designer Anthony Dunne and artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. It was also great to see how other schools responded to the open brief of the competition and what conversations they had engaged with. The experience made us greatly appreciate the quality of resources within the University of Edinburgh, and the critical framework we were introduced to”.
 
Links
Biodesign Challenge: http://biodesignchallenge.org
University of Edinburgh Biodesign course website: https://biodesign.eca.ed.ac.uk
UK2029 documentation in the course website: https://biodesign.eca.ed.ac.uk/ukew-2029/
UK2029 project website: http://cargocollective.com/UK2029